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Workshop on Xiong'an New Area Sustainable Transport Development Strategy

ACTIVITY INTRODUCTION

An international workshop on transport development strategies for China’s Xiong’an New Area was convened in Beijing on September 21, 2017. This event was co-organized by the World Bank, China Transport News, the Energy Foundation, and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It brought together over 100 participants from government, academia, research institutes, and international organizations and featured nine senior expert speakers.

Xiong’an New Area is located about 100 kilometers southwest of downtown Beijing in Hebei province and includes Xiongxian, Rongcheng, and Anxin counties. Government officials expect the area to grow into an innovation-driven, world-class megacity and absorb some of the “non-core” functions of Beijing, thereby reducing air pollution, overpopulation, and traffic congestion in the capital. The construction of Xiong’an New Area is overseen by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and the State Council.

This workshop focused on best practices for integrating sustainable urban and transport planning into the development of new areas and towns.

Robert Cervero, professor, University of California Berkeley, explained how perceptions of land use had influenced transport infrastructure planning. He cited the example of Copenhagen, which embraced sustainable mobility by building a bicycle-friendly city. He highlighted how density, diversity, and design are used in sustainable urbanism. Examples of sustainable urban development from Stockholm, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Seoul were examined.

Christopher Beier, CEO of GIZ, gave a detailed example of sustainable urban development using the case study of Rieselfeld, a new eco-district in west Freiburg, Germany.

Joseph Scanga, partner and urban designer at Calthorpe Associates, gave ten guidelines for modern urban planning. He explained how these principles had been applied in the planning and development of Jinan, capital of Shandong Province.

Shigeyeki Sakaki, senior urban transport specialist from the World Bank, provided an overview of Japan’s new town development history and highlighted the crucial role that private railways have played in new city development. Using the new towns of Tama and Kohoku as examples, Sakaki demonstrated how effective planning coordination and application of two initiatives regarding new urban residential area development and land readjustment led to successful town planning in Japan. Dr. Jaehyun So, associate research fellow at Korea Transport Institute, introduced vital lessons drawn from transport planning and policies of Sejong, Korea’s new national administrative city.

Other workshop attendees included Zhang Tong’an, department director, Department of Transport, Hebei Province; Du Heng, director, China Academy of Urban Planning and Design; Pan Haixiao, professor, Tongji University; Ye Weihua, deputy director, Department of Planning and Construction, Qinghai Province; and He Yonghai, director, Transport Planning and Design Institute, Hebei Province.

Bert Hoffman, country director of the World Bank China Office, and Chen Jian, director general of the Ministry of Transport, delivered welcome speeches. The one-day workshop was co-hosted by Binyam Reja, transport practice manager of the World Bank, and Liu Dong, deputy director of the Comprehensive Planning Department at the Ministry of Transport.

COLLECTION

会议资料:罗伯特•塞维罗-Advancing Sustainable New Town Development

Robert Cervero, professor at the University of California Berkeley, summarizes critical principles in developing sustainable urbanism and transport infrastructure.

会议资料:克里斯多夫•拜尔-建设迎接未来的新城

Dr. Christoph Beier, CEO of GIZ, tells a green story of the eco-district in Freiburg and shares his thoughts on what Xiong’an New Area could benefit from the German experience.

会议资料:信红喜-交通一体化引领城市可持续发展

The document highlights that transportation integration is vital to urban agglomeration construction.

会议资料:榊茂之-新城发展与实践--日本经验借鉴

Shige Sakaki, senior urban transport specialist from the World Bank, presented cases in Japan and highlighted private railways had played a crucial role in his country’s new city development.

会议资料:苏在显-世宗市以机动化融合为目标的交通规划与政策

Dr. Jaehyun So, associate research fellow at Korea Transport Institute, introduced vital lessons drawn from transport planning and policies of Sejong, Korea’s new national administrative city.

会议资料:潘海啸-新型交通技术对新城的影响

Professor Pan Haixiao from Tongji University discusses mobility technologies and urban spatial patterns.

会议资料:杜军辉-京津冀协同发展背景下河北省综合运输发展思路

Transport officials from Hebei shared their thoughts on how to integrate the province’s transportation strategy into the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei urban economic circle.

会议资料:约瑟夫·斯卡加-翡翠城市:城市低碳发展实践导则

Joseph Scanga, partner and urban designer at Calthorpe Associates, gave ten guidelines for modern urban planning. He explained how these principles had been applied in the planning and development of Jinan, capital of Shandong Provinc,China.

 

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